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Old 01-15-2011, 07:29 PM   #16
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What fish are you getting? Tahitian moon and coalslag are not so good for cories/softbelly fish, where as flourite sand is. I've found the flourite is a little gray but still looks good. You could also check out estes black sand, I've heard a few good reviews on it.
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Old 01-15-2011, 07:39 PM   #17
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What fish are you getting? Tahitian moon and coalslag are not so good for cories/softbelly fish, where as flourite sand is. I've found the flourite is a little gray but still looks good. You could also check out estes black sand, I've heard a few good reviews on it.
I have 8 cory's and 4 kuhli loaches, they love the Tahitian moon sand and their bellies/barbels don't get red or damaged at all, I've never seen it happen since I've had it and I've had the corys the longest.

Coalslag I've heard can be sharp tho and can cause damage, the Tahitian moon does not have any sharp particles in it.
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Old 01-16-2011, 02:05 PM   #18
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Been using root tabs since I started the tank as well as the flourish line of ferts

And yes I've been using the Tahitian moon sand exclusively in my 29 ^^

I'm a guy btw :p

My apologies. Wish they had a gender is ..... thing on here. Sometimes it is hard to tell by user names.
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Old 01-16-2011, 02:08 PM   #19
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I have 8 cory's and 4 kuhli loaches, they love the Tahitian moon sand and their bellies/barbels don't get red or damaged at all, I've never seen it happen since I've had it and I've had the corys the longest.

Coalslag I've heard can be sharp tho and can cause damage, the Tahitian moon does not have any sharp particles in it.

Thanks for the heads up.

Due to recent cuts and moved priorities for this tank, I can't afford to spend 100$ on just sand. (It will be going to a better light (catalina) and another filter (catalina CA1000) So instead I will be using PFS (pool filter sand). The sand I located is a nice color and is consistently smooth/grain size. Maybe later down the road I'll consider moving this tank over to either flourite sand or black moon sand.
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Old 01-16-2011, 02:11 PM   #20
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Best off, this sand is definitely cory and soft belly safe
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Old 01-17-2011, 05:23 AM   #22
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29 gallon with tahitan moon sand only. Its about 2" for the most part. Root tabs + Seachem iron + flourish + excel + co2
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I have 8 cory's and 4 kuhli loaches, they love the Tahitian moon sand and their bellies/barbels don't get red or damaged at all, I've never seen it happen since I've had it and I've had the corys the longest.

Coalslag I've heard can be sharp tho and can cause damage, the Tahitian moon does not have any sharp particles in it.

Just fyi I had opposite experience with TM, lost two cories due to infections from worn barbels...that was a while ago so maybe they changed things.

OP pool filter sand should work great for ya...good luck!!
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Thanks, I just threw it in a glass jar into my 20G and I think it'll look nice. I also put some MTS underneath it and a few sprigs of hair grass, they are already shooting up new stems in a week's time.
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Old 01-21-2011, 04:52 AM   #25
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I've used Flourite black as well as TMS. Flourite black is better IMO. TMS is crushed obsidian (volcanic glass), and probably is not the best for bottom dwelling fish. Also, the TMS gets picked up very easily by magnetic glass cleaners and will scratch your glass.
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Wish I knew, I wish we had a cerama-quartz dealer around here. I would have gone that route instead.
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I've used Flourite black as well as TMS. Flourite black is better IMO. TMS is crushed obsidian (volcanic glass), and probably is not the best for bottom dwelling fish. Also, the TMS gets picked up very easily by magnetic glass cleaners and will scratch your glass.
I have used both as well - switched from flourite black sand to TMS.

Mag glass cleaners definitely picked up TMS, I got a few scratches before I realized, luckily nothing too bad.

The TMS is Much more black than flourite - the flourite is much more grayish. TMS looks better in my opinion.

The TMS is also extremely light. I'm actually having problems now with my filter (eheim 2262) being too strong and causing severe drifting of the sand and screws up the whole flow of the tank. I'm now exploring other options, may go back to the flourite black or flourite black sand - didnt have the 2262 when i had the flourite sand so not sure if it drifts/blows around.

Any have experience with flourite black gravel (not sand) - does it accumulate too much debris? I'm wondering if my strong current from filter will be able to blow the debris off it or if itll get stuck?
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